According to his family, Stephen Hawking has just passed away at the age 76.

He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge.

His children issued a statement:

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”